The thane of Fife. A Scotch nobleman whose castle of Kennoway
was surprised by Macbeth, and his wife and babes “savagely
slaughtered.” Macduff vowed vengeance and joined the army of Siward, to
dethrone the tyrant. On reaching the royal castle of Dunsinane, they
fought, and Macbeth was slain.
History states that Macbeth was defeated at Dunsinane, but escaped
from the battle and was slain at Lumphanan in 1056. —Lardner:
Cabinet Cyclopoedia, i. p. 17. etc.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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